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Michelle Obama says smoking pot was 'part of her becoming story'

George Back
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Michelle Obama sat down with 20/20‘s Robin Roberts to discuss her autobiography, Becoming. In the book, the former first lady mentions smoking marijuana when she was young.

Impressed by her candor in her book, Roberts asked Obama, “You could’ve left that out, so why did you talk about that?” Obama replied, “That’s what I did.”

Obama went on to explain why she mentioned her brief time experimenting with marijuana, saying “That’s part of the becoming story. Everybody had something that they had to work through, something that they were figuring out.”

While there is still a negative stigma surrounding recreational marijuana, Obama had the humility to write her struggles and her successes. She asked Roberts, “Why would I hide that from the next generation?”

According to Twitter, viewers liked Obama’s openness. One person tweeted, “A little pot is fine. Nothing like posing nude. You’re good Michelle!!”

20/20 airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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